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Sangakkara, Dilshan aim for improvements

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 14:21 hrs

Dubai, Mar 10 (IBNS) Sri Lanka's batting trio Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal will be aiming to carry their recent good form into the Asia Cup starting in Bangladesh's Mirpur from Sunday.

If they can do that then it will help them maintain upward movement in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after the trio stormed up the batting chart at the conclusion of the three-nation series which finished in Adelaide on Thursday.

Sangakkara has jumped five places to fourth position after finishing as the fourth leading run-getter with 420 runs, Dilshan has moved up four places to 10th place after ending as the leading scorer with 513 runs, while Chandimal has broken into the top 20 for the first time and lies in 18th spot after scoring 419 runs, success that saw him rise 18 places.



The latest rankings, which reflect player performances in the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and South Africa which finished on 3 March, were released on Friday.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena is the other Sri Lanka batsman to improve his ranking in the tri-series in Australia, which also featured world champion India. Jayawardena chipped in with 406 runs and has been rewarded with a rise of two places which has put him in 17th position.

Three Australia batsmen have also been rewarded for their consistent performances.

Captain Michael Clarke has moved up two places to eighth spot after scoring 331 runs in six matches, David Warner has been rewarded with a jump of 97 places which puts him in 53rd position after he aggregated 506 runs in the series and David Hussey has gained eight places and is now in 34th position after scoring 439 runs at an average of just under 55.

Other players to improve their rankings include New Zealand's Brendon McCullum 19th (up by eight places) and JP Duminy of South Africa in 22nd (up by two places).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, South Africa's Lonwabo Tsotsobe has achieved the number-one ranking for the first time in his career.

The South Africa left-arm fast bowler took six wickets in his side's 3-0 win over New Zealand which has been enough to lift him ahead of Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.

Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn are the other South Africa bowlers on a move in the right direction.

Morkel was the most successful bowler in the series with seven wickets which has helped him leapfrog England's Graeme Swann in third position while Steyn has moved up three places to 13th position.

Australia's trio Shane Watson, Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty have also improved their rankings. Watson has vaulted 15 places to 25th position, McKay has moved up six places to 28th position and Doherty has gained a place and is now in 29th spot.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Watson has dislodged Shakib Al Hasan from the number-one position. The Australia leads the former Bangladesh captain by three ratings points.

With the Asia Cup starting in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Sunday, India's iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar will be eyeing to score his hundredth international century and, in the meantime, also improve his rankings.

Tendulkar has scored 51 Test and 48 ODI centuries in an illustrious 23-year career but the 100th century has been eluding him since last year's ICC Cricket World Cup.

In addition to this, Tendulkar's current ranking of 29th is his lowest since December 1991, when he slipped to 31st position. The 38 year-old's highest career ranking is at the top of the listings, a mark he first achieved in February 1996.

In the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table, the main battle appears to be for the number two position as Australia has all-but-sealed top spot for the third successive year and ninth time in 11 years.

The only way Australia can slip behind second-ranked South Africa is in the highly unlikely scenario of it losing all the five ODIs against the West Indies. In other words, Australia just needs to win an ODI of the five-match series to retain the prestigious ODI shield and with it win a cheque of US$175,000.

However, battle for second position remains tight with South Africa leading India by just one ratings point.

Asia Cup schedule
11 Mar - Bangladesh v Pakistan, Mirpur
13 Mar - India v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
15 Mar - Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
16 Mar - Bangladesh v India, Mirpur
18 Mar - India v Pakistan, Mirpur
20 Mar - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
22 Mar - Final, Mirpur

West Indies v Australia
16 Mar - First ODI, Kingstown
18 Mar - Second ODI, Kingstown
20 Mar - Third ODI, Kingstown
23 Mar - Fourth ODI, Gros Islet
25 Mar - Fifth ODI, Gros Islet

Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 10 March, before the start of Asia Cup)



Rank Team Ratings

1. Australia 127

2. South Africa 118

3. India 117

4. Sri Lanka 114

5. England 111

6. Pakistan 104

7. New Zealand 86

8. West Indies 79

9. Bangladesh 62

10. Zimbabwe 46

11. Ireland 36

12. Netherlands 15

13. Kenya 08


(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (after three-nation tournament in Australia and before the start of Asia Cup)

Batsmen (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 871 56.49 886 v Ind at Centurion 2011
2 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 851! 49.00 851 v NZ at Auckland 2012
3 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 790 47.54 799 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
4 (+5) K.Sangakkara SL 745 38.11 758 v Aus at Hambantota 2011
5 (-1) MS Dhoni Ind 744 51.16 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
6 ( - ) Jonathan Trott Eng 735 48.31 781 v Ind at Mumbai 2011
7 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng 729 41.41 746 v Pak at Dubai 2012
8 (+2) Michael Clarke Aus 726 45.74 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008
9 (-4) Shane Watson Aus 709 42.22 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011
10 (+4) T.Dilshan SL 701 35.60 765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011
11 (-4) Mike Hussey Aus 693 48.92 857 v NZ at Perth 2007
12 (+1) Umar Akmal Pak 682 38.04 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012
13 (-2) Jacques Kallis SA 681 45.26 817 v WI at Johannesburg 2004
14 (+1) Gautam Gambhir Ind 672 40.58 722 v NZ at Vadodara 2010
15 (-3) Martin Guptill NZ 668 39.51 684 v Zim at Napier 2012
16 ( - ) Brendan Taylor Zim 667! 34.84 667 v NZ at Napier 2012
17 (+2) M.Jayawardene SL 660 33.54 738 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001
18 (+18) D.Chandimal SL 655* 41.15 667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012
19 (+8) B.McCullum NZ 653 30.47 664 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009
20 (+1) R.ten Doeschate Net 652* 67.00 665 v Ire at Kolkata 2011
21 (+2) JP Duminy SA 648 40.90 668 v Net at Mohali 2011
22= (-5) Ross Taylor NZ 647 37.47 693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009
( - ) Paul Stirling Ire 647* 40.51 650 v Sco at Edinburgh 2011
24 (-6) Virender Sehwag Ind 643 35.17 774 v NZ at Auckland 2003
25 (-6) Graeme Smith SA 639 39.04 784 v Ind at Kolkata 2005
26 (-2) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 634 34.67 659 v Zim at Mirpur 2010
27 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 621 41.84 833 v Aus at Antigua 2007
28 (+1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 615 42.31 623 v WI at Barbados 2011
29= (-1) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 613 44.74 887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998
(+1) Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 613 38.45 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

Bowlers (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
1 (+1) L.Tsotsobe SA 743*! 20.05 4.56 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012
2 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 722 24.47 4.14 746 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012
3 (+1) Morne Morkel SA 695 23.18 4.87 717 v SL at East London 2012
4 (-1) Graeme Swann Eng 683 25.92 4.46 735 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011
5 (+1) M.Hafeez Pak 678 33.11 4.13 717 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
6 (-1) Daniel Vettori NZ 669 31.48 4.12 788 v Eng at Durham 2008
7 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 662 28.68 4.26 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
8 (+1) Steven Finn Eng 655*! 23.92 4.69 655 v Pak at Dubai 2012
9 (-2) Mitchell Johnson Aus 651 25.22 4.85 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
10 (+1) R.Ashwin Ind 647* 29.56 4.78 648 v SL at Brisbane 2012
11 (-1) Kyle Mills NZ 642 25.94 4.70 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
12 ( - ) Jacob Oram NZ 635 28.77 4.34 768 v Aus at The Oval 2004
13 (+3) Dale Steyn SA 627 28.62 5.08 666 v Ind at Nagpur 2011
14= (+1) Shahid Afridi Pak 625 33.18 4.60 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
(-1) Doug Bollinger Aus 625* 23.90 4.57 676 v Eng at Hobart 2011
16 (+1) James Anderson Eng 619 30.83 5.02 687 v Ban at Dhaka 2003
17 (-3) Lasith Malinga SL 618 25.96 5.08 674 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
18= (+1) Ray Price Zim 614 35.75 3.94 722 v WI at Guyana 2010
(+1) Ravi Rampaul WI 614 29.53 5.02 628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011
20= (-3) Brett Lee Aus 607 23.06 4.74 852 v SA at Melbourne 2006
(+1) Abdur Razzak Ban 607 28.21 4.50 675 v Zim at Chittagong 2010
22= ( - ) Johan Botha SA 598 40.50 4.57 663 v Aus at Centurion 2009
(+1) Trent Johnston Ire 598 30.52 4.30 626 v Ind at Bengaluru 2011
24 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 597 26.95 5.20 701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008
25 (+15) Shane Watson Aus 596 28.93 4.80 606 v Pak at Sydney 2010
26 (-1) Kemar Roach WI 595*! 26.58 4.93 595 v Ind at Chennai 2011
27 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 593 37.98 4.95 630 v WI at Indore 2011
28 (+6) Clint McKay Aus 579*! 20.51 4.77 579 v SL at Adelaide 2012
29 ( - ) Harbhajan Singh Ind 571 33.40 4.30 735 v WI at Barbados 2002
30= (-4) Tim Southee NZ 567 32.69 5.26 617 v Can at Mumbai 2011
( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 567 29.03 4.91 700 v SA at Dhaka 2003
(-2) N.Kulasekara SL 567 34.10 4.66 727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
(+1) Xavier Doherty Aus 567* 35.51 4.52 588 v Ind at Sydney 2012

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 (+1) Shane Watson Aus 423 427 v SL at Kandy 2011
2 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 420 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3 ( - ) M.Hafeez Pak 370 407 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
4 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 362 383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
5 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 330 506 v WI at Barbados 2001

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